Some Meridian residents are taking advantage of a chance to learn about what police officers do every day.
The Meridian Police Department has started its third edition of a Citizens Police Academy, which is a collection of concerned citizens who want to understand a little bit better what police officers do and how information from citizens can help in stopping crime.
The department says it also gives officers a chance to build bridges with citizens so that they can do a better job of fighting crime.
"We can't see everything and we can't know everything, so we have to depend on our citizens to give us information, to keep us updated on problem areas, to tell us what they see," said Mike Vick, MPD spokesman.
"This academy lasts ten weeks, and at the end of ten weeks, there will be a test and graduation," said Meridian Police Chief James Reed. "We appreciate the citizens of Meridian for their support."
"It gives an interaction between the police department and the citizens, and helps us sort of see through the police department's eyes, you know, some of the things the guys are looking for," said Steve Murray, owner of McDonald's. "Just allows us to know and see what's going on in the community."
Organizers say interaction of citizens and police is a great way for people to come together and be a part of helping to stop crime.
If you would like to participate, call 601-484-6890.